Matthew Spalding serves as Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He also serves as project leader of Heritage’s First Principles initiative. The overall objective of First Principles is to reorient the nation’s politics and public policy to the enduring principles of the American founding.
In his latest book, We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future Spalding details America’s core principles, shows how they have come under assault by modern progressive-liberalism and lays out a strategy to recover them.
Spalding is executive editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, a line-by-line analysis of each clause of the U.S. Constitution. His previous books as author or editor include A Sacred Union of Citizens: Washington’s Farewell Address and the American Character; Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition; and The Founders’ Almanac: A Practical Guide to the Notable Events, Greatest Leaders & Most Eloquent Words of the American Founding.
Spalding is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College. He earned a doctorate in government from Claremont Graduate School and has taught American government at George Mason University, the Catholic University of America and Claremont McKenna College. He is an adjunct fellow of the Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship at Hillsdale College.
Spalding’s work on The Heritage Guide to the Constitution earned him Heritage’s prestigious W. Glenn and Rita Ricardo Campbell Award in 2006. Spalding and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children. They live in Arlington, VA.